The 243 meter long, 108760 dwt tanker Sea Bay became disabled and ran aground off Zeebrugge, Belgium. The Sea Bay was en route to Antwerp when it suffered engine failure and power blackout. The tanker went adrift and grounded on a sandbank some eight kilometers offshore. Unable to refloat itself, the Sea Bay requested assistance. Four tugs were dispatched and refloated the tanker on the following high tide. The tugs towed the Sea Bay to Ostend before proceeding to Zeebrugge for inspection. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 129 meter long, 8,850 dwt cargo vessel Flinterstar collided with the 315 meter long 122,079 dwt LNG tanker Al Oraiq in the North Sea off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. The Flinterstar was en route to Bilbao, Spain from Antwerp when it was struck by the Al-Oraiq which was bound for Zeebrugge. The Al-Oraiq suffered a slight gash and suffered some water ingress, but was able to proceed with assistance to Zeebrugge. The Flinterstar sustained significant damage with uncontrolled water ingress. The 11 crew on the Flinterstar went overboard into the sea and were all later rescued. The master of the Flinterstar and one crewman sustained slight injuries. The flooding continued on the Flinterstar until it partially sank with part of the hull sitting on a sandbar. Authorities reported that a sheen of oil was spotted around the vessel.
The 99 meter long ro-ro car carrierNeckar Highway collided with the 164 meter long car carrier Baltic Breeze in the entry section of the Pierre Vandamme lock in Zeebrugge, Belguim. The Neckar Highway was proceeding alongside the starboard side of the moored Baltic Breeze toward the lock when the Baltic Breeze shifted and the two vessel collided. No reports of injuries. The Neckar Highway proceeded to a nearby quay. The Baltic Breeze was taken under tow by 2 tugs.